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Games medallists feted

Imphal, Aug. 12: The Manipur government gave Rs 103 crore to 14 players and four officials who participated in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games at a felicitation programme at Khuman Lampak indoor stadium today.

Only seven of the 14 players were present to receive the cheques from Manipur governor V.K. Duggal and chief minister O. Ibobi Singh.

The rest, including silver medallist judoka Sushila Devi and bronze medallist Th. Kalpana Devi are currently away for the national trial selections for the Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea.

Those present were gold medallist weightlifter Kh. Sanjita Chanu who received Rs 15 lakh, silver medallist weightlifter S. Mirabai Chanu, boxers L. Devendro and L. Sarita Devi, hockey players Kh. Kothajit Singh and K. Chinglensana who were given Rs 10 lakh each.

Diver K. Ramananda Rajbihari Sharma got Rs 2 lakh.

Gymnastics manager S. Santikumar Singh, women’s weightlifting coach N. Kunjarani Devi, women’s hockey coach Tingongleima Devi and women’s cycling coach I. Goutamani Devi were also feted with Rs 2 lakh each.

The governor said it was a memorable day for Manipur. “Our support and blessings will always be with you,” he added.

Chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh said the Glasgow Games were important for the state as the players bagged more medals than in the last edition held in New Delhi.

Gold medallist Kh. Sanjita Chanu said she had dreamt of this day to stand in front of sports lovers of Manipur with a medal.

She appealed to the chief minister to give jobs to the players.

Silver medallist boxer L. Devendro Singh said, “I am not sad at getting the silver medal in the Commonwealth Games. I will keep working till I lay my hands on the gold medal.”